In the Meadow of Fantasies by Hadi Mohammadi; Illustrated by Nooshin Safakhoo
Written by the winner of IBBY’s Best Book Award, Mohammad Hadi Mohammadi, In the Meadow of Fantasies is one girl’s luminous escapade into a land of seven mysterious horses.
A young girl with a physical handicap gazes up at a mobile of spinning horses from her little pink bed in her room filled with leafy plants. As she watches them prance about, the tufted snout of a real live horse peeks through her bedroom door. Soon enough, our bright protagonist is off and cantering on an adventure with seven majestic horses. The first six are easily understood: their colors, dreams, families, and origins are described and accompanied with exquisite drawings. The seventh horse, however, is an enigmatic creature with no clear hue or history, a lack that is soon filled in by the loving offerings of the other ponies. A story about dreaming and about caring for others, In the Meadow of Fantasies will remind young readers of their own reveries and conjure new fantasies of friendly creatures in far off lands.
Translated from the Persian by Sara Khalili